Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

More than Stereotypes

Contributed by The delegates at my camp

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During my time at a summer camp, we had a discussion about the impact of prejudice. We created a list of stereotypes for each race and hung them up on the walls. The campers from each race then stood in front of the list of stereotypes and told the group about how those labels affected them. The words of my fellow campers were moving and thought-provoking. As we went around the room, I learned so much about the plight of others. I gained deep insight into the experiences of other racial groups. When I stood before a list of stereotypes about people of mixed race, my eyes focused on the term "mutt." For the first time, I told my story of my childhood experience with that name. I had been struggling to accept my racial identity for years and was able to tell all of my peers about how I am more than such a nasty and hateful term. It was in that room, in front of dozens of teens who all looked different from me, that I finally verbalized the change that had occurred within.
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Why is this a Humanities Moment?

For me, this moment marked my self-acceptance. I was finally able to be secure in myself and was given a safe place to express my feelings in the presence of understanding peers. The discussion also opened my eyes to what people of other races go through. As a multiracial person from an extremely diverse family, I had only previously been exposed to what challenges other mixed people faced. After this discussion, I became aware of the challenges that people different than me face. In the end, I think it has helped me become a more compassionate person.

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More than Stereotypes

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For me, this moment marked my self-acceptance. I was finally able to be secure in myself and was given a safe place to express my feelings in the presence of understanding peers. The discussion also opened my eyes to what people of other races go through. As a multiracial person from an extremely diverse family, I had only previously been exposed to what challenges other mixed people faced. After this discussion, I became aware of the challenges that people different than me face. In the end, I think it has helped me become a more compassionate person.

Description

During my time at a summer camp, we had a discussion about the impact of prejudice. We created a list of stereotypes for each race and hung them up on the walls. The campers from each race then stood in front of the list of stereotypes and told the group about how those labels affected them. The words of my fellow campers were moving and thought-provoking. As we went around the room, I learned so much about the plight of others. I gained deep insight into the experiences of other racial groups. When I stood before a list of stereotypes about people of mixed race, my eyes focused on the term "mutt." For the first time, I told my story of my childhood experience with that name. I had been struggling to accept my racial identity for years and was able to tell all of my peers about how I am more than such a nasty and hateful term. It was in that room, in front of dozens of teens who all looked different from me, that I finally verbalized the change that had occurred within.

Date

The summer of 2016

Contributor

The delegates at my camp

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more-than-stereotypes

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